Consider Aruba – a Different Kind of Wedding Destination
I just returned from a few days with some romance travel colleagues, visiting with wedding departments at resorts in Aruba. Let me say that Aruba is a little piece of heaven, and you should add it to your bucket list. For destination weddings, Aruba is a little different. You first go to the Courthouse in Oranjestad for a legal ceremony. The Courthouse is a beautiful building with crystal chandeliers and seating for sixty. Getting married in Aruba does not have many requirements, such as blood work or translated documents. The entire process can take as little as 15 minutes.
The best part is then you can have a beautiful beach blessing with all the wedding extras. If you have a larger guest list, you can have your family with you at the Courthouse, then all your friends and family can join you on the beach for the blessing ceremony. We saw many of the locations the resorts use for blessings. Sunsets are spectacular in Aruba, and the resorts know how to set up their beaches for your perfect ceremony.
One of my favorite resorts is the Renaissance Resort in downtown Oranjestad. Instead of a beach, the Renaissance has a launch that can take you to their private island. This island has two different beaches. One is the flamingo beach (with flamingos who are very friendly); the other is the iguana beach (yes, full of iguanas.) The boat runs every fifteen minutes, which makes it very easy to go to the island for the day. Restaurants are on the island so you don’t need to go back to the mainland to eat or drink.
Aruba has few all-inclusive resorts, and this is by design. Aruba wants you to get out of your hotel and enjoy the local food and nightlife. No trip should miss the Kukoo Kunuku bus. Visit their website at http://www.kukookunuku.com/ It is the best fun you will ever have. The bus takes you to all the popular night spots then deliver you back to your hotel, so you can party all night long.
Aruba’s motto is “One Happy Island!” And this little island has it all. You can see everything from a natural bridge to beautiful small churches, butterfly farms and shopping galore. Or you can take a sunset cruise on a catamaran. Slicing through the calm waters with a beautiful sunset is a memorable experience.
Have I convinced you yet? Maybe you know someone who has been to Aruba, and they will agree, it is one Happy Little Island! Call us to help find the perfect Aruba wedding venue.